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    I notice that your uke, like the Pono tenor I...

    I notice that your uke, like the Pono tenor I owned, has tall, fat frets. Though they’re great on some ukes, I think that when those taller fret ends are dressed, in some cases, the set up person...
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    I donít get up the neck too often past the 7 th...

    I donít get up the neck too often past the 7 th fret, but I never heard anything ďoffĒ in my few forays up there. Iím pretty sure, however, that a digital tuner would probably show variations that my...
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    There are several joking responses to this that spring to my mind.... but I’ll resist the temptation. :rolleyes:
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    It could also be a problem with the particular...

    It could also be a problem with the particular uke you’re playing. Pono tenors, for example, have a truss rod in the neck that, IMO, throws their balance way off and makes them uncomfortably...
  5. Now if only you would heed your own advice...

    Now if only you would heed your own advice...
  6. I think the use of such terms as “stupidly” in...

    I think the use of such terms as “stupidly” in the description of another person’s technique falls well outside the latitude a reasonable person should be willing to give without responding with a...
  7. ZOMG! I’ve unwittingly imperiled myself by muting...

    ZOMG! I’ve unwittingly imperiled myself by muting with my fretting fingers?!
  8. Ooh that works nicely! Brilliant tip. Thanks! I...

    Ooh that works nicely! Brilliant tip. Thanks!
    I generally play 4442 but the fudged E7 will work nicely in some songs. I also agree that it’s better muting with the ring finger.
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    And it’s sold. Thanks UU!

    And it’s sold. Thanks UU!
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    Out of curiousity, is it a Pono?

    Out of curiousity, is it a Pono?
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    ... sold pending payment

    ... sold pending payment
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    Yes - the trick is to use a strap. That way you...

    Yes - the trick is to use a strap. That way you can always keep your fretting thumb in the optimal position ;)
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    One plays a triplet strum in that part of the...

    One plays a triplet strum in that part of the song in which it will sound grooviest. Dig?
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    Vintage Martin Concert

    I figure it was made between 1947 and 1953 based on the frets and the retailer label, as I believe Bergstrom went out of business in 53, from what I can gather. Note the wicked cool Honolulu TH...
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    Maybe not the best, but easily my favorite ...

    Maybe not the best, but easily my favorite


    https://youtu.be/02ViMh47F1E


    https://youtu.be/uUbB1qe6BR0
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    I think I found chucking and triplets easier to...

    I think I found chucking and triplets easier to master because I had some background playing Clawhammer banjo. Chucking is similar to “clucking” in Clawhammer, but with banjo I’d do it over a sweet...
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    I know Martin often uses Spanish cedar (Cedrela...

    I know Martin often uses Spanish cedar (Cedrela odorata) linings in their guitars...maybe they use it in their ukes as well. It’s the same highly aromatic wood used to make cigar boxes. I used to...
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    I own an SO that I picked up this past summer....

    I own an SO that I picked up this past summer. Tonally and playing-wise, I love the dang thing but the back is coming away from the sides for about 1/4 of the total circumference. Since the...
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    Despite my user name, I don't have damp fingers...

    Despite my user name, I don't have damp fingers ;)

    I have callouses on my fingertips and I kind of brush the strings sideways with all fretting fingers as I lift off. This makes a subtle sound...
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    Thanks, all - for your input! I think it's not...

    Thanks, all - for your input!

    I think it's not a problem, but a technique that needs to be honed. I'mm gonna roll with it :cool:
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    I like to play uptempo songs with a jazzy or...

    I like to play uptempo songs with a jazzy or Ragtime beat - muting is essential and I find it much easier and instinctive to mute with the fretting hand. I do so by rhythmically relaxing and...
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    I'm not sure if I was clear... I didn't meant to...

    I'm not sure if I was clear... I didn't meant to say that I was trying to figure out how to avoid open string harshness or droning... whatchamacallit... I don't have any problem with that because the...
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    It’s something I had to learn to “undo” a few...

    It’s something I had to learn to “undo” a few years back with a koa guitar. My pinkie nail was leaving tiny crescent-shaped dents in the top (which had no pick guard). I must say I now prefer NOT...
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    Chord changes.

    I’ve noticed something about my playing that makes me wonder how to go forward.

    I like to play moderately complex songs, strummed, and at a faster Ragtime beat. I do a lot of muting with the...
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    You know what might help with learning... hold...

    You know what might help with learning... hold your strumming hand like a pistol, thumb up, index finger straight but relaxed, don’t clamp your other fingers tightly.
    In this position, note how the...
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